With four of its art-deco bedecked establishments open 24 hours, Dots Diner awakens morning munchers and lulls late-night eaters with fresh ingredients and made-to-order fare piled generously atop platters. Dots' fixed menu, fashioned from family recipes and teeming with eggs, grits, buttermilk pancakes ($3.99), and burgers ($1.39–$5.99), is available for breakfast, lunch, and twilight brunch. The house specialty, new orleans omelet packs crawfish, savory sauce, and swiss cheese in an eggy embrace ($7.99), and the fried shrimp po' boy dresses crispy shrimp in lettuce, tomato, pickles, french bread, and a beret ($6.99). Greet sweet teeth of all ages with apple pie à la mode ($3.69) or sip a root-beer float, lavishing your taste buds with ice cream and soft drink ($2.99), a fusion as memorable as whiskey and cookies.
To assemble their signature oyster burger, Huckleberry's chefs layer a soft brioche bun with a half-pound beef patty and a generous serving of fried oysters. Meanwhile, the fry cook deep-fries chicken and seafood as the head chef slices up onions for colossal, crispy onion rings. For dessert, the food guru's whip up their specialty—a warm bread pudding.
As the culinary masterminds craft po' boys, pasta, and Cajun seafood dishes in the kitchen, servers ferry plates to tables in the casual dining room. Televisions in the bar glimmer with sports-related entertainment—from the local football team's latest game to the local football team's most recent production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Held's Kitchen is exactly what you'd want a New Orleans restaurant to be. The cooks here specialize in Cajun and Creole dishes, such as shrimp or catfish po' boys, crawfish boils, seafood gumbo, and specials like red beans and rice with smoked sausage. But even if you're not looking for some Lousiana-style spice, Held's cooks have you covered—they're just as adept at whipping up American comfort food classics such as cheeseburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, and even baked macaroni.
Guided by the experience of head chef Vincent Manguno, Nuccio’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant pleases palates of all types with a menu stocked full of seafood entrées, savory Italian dishes, and daily chef specials. Coronate a meal with friends or accentuate a debate about the existence of giraffes with an appetizer, such as Nuccio’s eggplant sticks ($6.95) or artichoke and spinach dip ($7.95). Italian meatball sandwiches ($8.95) satiate stomachs with the meaty harmony of an edible Kenny G, while fettucini alfredo ($10.95) beguiles taste buds and forks. Nuccio’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant maintains an inviting, family atmosphere, ideal for a romantic first date or meeting your blind date’s parents.
In 1976, Augle Lopez finally realized his dream of opening a restaurant that ushered some of the French Quarter's charm and hospitality into neighboring Harahan. His mission is evident in the menu, which blends approachable, homestyle Italian fare with fresh seafood and creole standards. Chefs ladle house-made marinara over delicate angel-hair pasta, dress fresh seafood with classic lafitte and meunière sauces, and fry catfish and shrimp to a crisp, golden brown. Smilie's also hosts large-scale events, such as weddings, banquets, and support-group meetings for oxygen addicts, within their large banquet hall adorned with flowers and white tablecloths.
In the kitchen at Fat Molly’s, the hands of chefs flutter above sheets of marinara-cloaked dough, scattering inventive toppings such as gulf shrimp, artichokes, and boudin. Athletic events broadcast on four flat-screen TVs, augmenting the clatter of silverware with the sounds of cracking bats and mascots with their tails under rocking chairs. Drawing upon a selection of meats including fried chicken and smoked sausage, patrons design their own poor boys. Tearing into the sandwiches despite their warmth, they take swigs from 30 beer options, including Abita Purple Haze and Lazy Magnolia’s brown ale crafted from roasted pecans, which bestow the mash with earthy caramel flavors. The eatery's walls are festooned with works by local artists, ranging from a triptych of a jazz musician to an abstract of a stacked sandwich and a poignant deconstrionist piece by the back door, which reads, simply "Exit."